Over the weekend, I mentioned that I was struggling with trying to make one of my female characters believable.Â No matter what situation I put her in, she seemed to always be taking off her blouse, rubbing against the male lead, and saying “Take me now, you hot-blooded schmuck.”
When I asked for male writers who can “write women,” you gave me a whole bunch of cool suggestions, from Wally Lamb to Stephen King.Â Thanks.
On a somewhat related note, the director Sydney Pollack died at the age of 73.Â He was a very classy Hollywood professional, director of such mainstream classics like “Out of Africa.”Â He directed my mother’s favorite movie — “The Way We Were.”Â Redford?Â Streisand?Â Is it surprising?Â He also director one of my top five movies of all time — “Tootsie.”
In Tootsie, the Dustin Hoffman character dresses like a woman to get a soap opera job, and does such a good job that he/she becomes a star.Â It is a very funny movie.
Maybe I need to be a little like Tootsie in order to write like a woman.Â BECOME the WOMAN!
In celebration of Sydney Pollack’s work, Friday will be “Write LikeÂ the Opposite SexÂ Day” here on Citizen of the Month.Â I will write my blog post as if I were a woman (even more so than I already do), just to have you judge my ability to see my own life as a woman.Â On Friday, please also comment on my blog as if you are commenting as the OPPOSITE SEX.Â That means, men should be giving me the “hugs” and the women should be making sarcastic, unemotional, unrelated comments.
I will also run a little contest here on Friday.Â Write your own post like a member of the opposite sex!Â Â
Can you do it?Â Would you write about your day differently if you were a man?Â Would you curse more?Â
Can a guy find his inner woman?Â WouldÂ he be all emotional ifÂ heÂ was a woman with PMS, crying becauseÂ he was stuck in traffic?Â Can you see yourself as being a member of the opposite sex?Â
I will be the judge. Whoever I deem to be most in touch with their masculine or feminine side, will win a prize.Â Usually my prizes are zilch.Â This time, it will be a brand new DVD of Tootsie!Â Hey, so it isn’t a wii.Â At least, I’m paying for the damn prize with my own money, you ungrateful…!Â
Wait, wait…how would a woman handle this situation?Â Â “I hate you!Â But I love you too!Â Waaaaaa!Â I am having the worst period EVAH!Â Oh, did I tell you about my new shoes?!”